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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: May 30, 2010 7:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite NFA/GDTRFB ?

For me 71, early Keith versions are the best, but I like NFA into the early 80's, like that sort of "narcotic" feel, that I could have , but after they moved it to the end , and cut the jam to almost nothing, and added the Buddy Holly , "bop bop" ending , It is mostly ... well , kind of lame .
GDTRFB suffers, in my opinion, when Mickey comes back . The gentle , lopeing , rolling ( like you are riding a walking horse )feel becomes more direct , the drummers going "boom-thwack, boom thawk" .
In the early days , I love how they would slip into it, In later days, Jerry would go directly into a sort of irritable, caffeinated version of the riff , to launch the song . Most of the grace , and smooth country groove was gone .
Now there are a few with Hornsby that I have to admit are nice , I just feel, that they got tired of jamming NFA, and lost the country feel for GDTRFB .